strip

1 of 2

verb

stripped ˈstript How to pronounce strip (audio) also stript; stripping; strips

transitive verb

1
a
: to remove clothing, covering, or surface matter from
b
: to deprive of possessions
c
: to divest of honors, privileges, or functions
2
a
: to remove extraneous or superficial matter from
a prose style stripped to the bones
b
: to remove furniture, equipment, or accessories from
strip a ship for action
3
: to make bare or clear (as by cutting or grazing)
4
: to finish a milking of by pressing the last available milk from the teats
strip a cow
5
a
: to remove cured leaves from the stalks of (tobacco)
b
: to remove the midrib from (tobacco leaves)
6
: to tear or damage the thread of (a separable part or fitting)
7
: to separate (components) from a mixture or solution
8
: to press eggs or milt out of (a fish)
9
: to remove (a subcutaneous vein) by means of a surgical instrument

intransitive verb

1
a
: to take off clothes
… anxious to find the young man who stripped down to his boxer shorts and jumped in the river to save her dog.Mike Byrne
b
: to remove one's clothes gradually piece by piece in a seductive or provocative manner especially to the accompaniment of music : to perform a striptease
2
strippable adjective

strip

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noun

1
a
: a long narrow piece of a material
b
: a long narrow area of land or water
2
3
: a commercially developed area especially along a highway
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5

Examples of strip in a Sentence

Verb He stripped himself down to his underwear. The prisoners were stripped naked. She gets paid to dance and strip at the club. They stripped the table and refinished it. They stripped the room when they left. The building had been completely stripped of its original woodwork. Noun a small strip of cloth the half-mile strip of road
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Its gel-to-foam formula gently breaks down makeup, oils, and germs from your skin without stripping it bare. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 3 May 2024 Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), a measure of profitability that strips out non-cash items, was 39.8 billion won ($29.9 million), down 45% year over year and the lowest since the first quarter of 2021. Glenn Peoples, Billboard, 2 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for strip 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English strepen, strippen, from Old English -strīepan; akin to Old High German stroufen to strip

Noun

probably alteration of stripe entry 3

First Known Use

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of strip was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Strip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strip. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

strip

1 of 2 verb
stripped ˈstript How to pronounce strip (audio) also stript; stripping
1
a
: to remove clothing, covering, or surface substance from
b
: undress
stripped and showered
c
: plunder entry 1, spoil
troops stripped the town after capturing it
d
: to take away all duties, honors, or special rights
2
a
: to remove a layer that covers : skin, peel
strip bark from a tree
b
: to remove unimportant material from
c
: to remove furniture, equipment, or accessories from
3
: to make bare or clear (as by cutting or grazing)
4
: to tear or damage the screw thread of (as a bolt or nut)
stripper noun

strip

2 of 2 noun
1
: a long narrow piece or area
strips of bacon
a strip of land
2

Medical Definition

strip

transitive verb
stripped ˈstript How to pronounce strip (audio) ; stripping
: to remove (a vein) by means of a stripper
stripping a varicose saphenous vein

Legal Definition

strip

1 of 3 transitive verb
stripped; stripping
: to divide (a debt security) into separately traded securities entitling the owner usually to either principal or interest alone from the obligation

strip

2 of 3 noun
: a security traded separately from another after stripping
specifically : a derivative mortgage-backed security created by the segregation of cash flow from the underlying mortgages or other mortgage-backed securities and entitling the investor to a specified percentage (as 100 percent) of the interest or principal paid

STRIP

3 of 3 noun
plural STRIPs
: a Treasury security that entitles the investor usually to payment of interest or principal exclusively and that is registered in a Federal Reserve bank under a federal program that provides for such separate trading of the components of U.S. Treasury obligations compare zero-coupon bond at bond sense 2
Etymology

Noun

separate trading of registered interest and principal of securities

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